Date of release: Monday, May 20, 2013

 A funding deal between the University of Greenwich and an international partner has been praised in a new report by a government body.

The university’s innovative research on “melt in the mouth” medicines is highlighted in the report, published by the Intellectual Property Office, following investment from a Japanese pharmaceutical company.

The collaboration is cited as an example of good practice in the use of national guidance to streamline agreements between university and industry.

Dissolvable tablets, with no nasty after-taste, are the goal of the joint project. Over the next three years, university researchers will use their expertise in drug formulation and delivery to develop these new-style medicines. Based on the Medway Campus, the researchers are part of the Department of Pharmaceutical, Chemical & Environmental Sciences, in the Faculty of Engineering & Science.

“The University of Greenwich has a very successful track record of working with industry, commerce, charities and governments,” says Professor Tom Barnes, Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research & Enterprise. “As well as our high-quality, specialist facilities and the expertise of 400 researchers, our partners are attracted to simple, straightforward contract agreements that share of the benefits of new discoveries. That has led us to sign new contracts totalling £16 million last year.”

The Intellectual Property Office report, Collaborative Research between Business and Universities: The Lambert Toolkit 8 Years On, can be found at: http://www.ipo.gov.uk/ipresearch-lambert.pdf

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Picture: Professor Tom Barnes.